Orange County Gangster Says Restitution To His Attempted Murder Victim is Unfair

Dave Dae Hong Kim gangsta.jpg
Poor David Dae Hong Kim.

No, Buena Park's Kim is literally dirt poor.

He earns 13 cents an hour working in a prison laundry room and is irked that the government wants to take about half of that impressive income and give it to another man.

Outrageous, isn't it?

Well, no.

In March 2008, 17-year-old Kim, a Sunny Hills High School student, and his fellow Korean criminal street gang punks decided to prove their toughness by trying to kill an innocent man visiting Emery Park in Fullerton.

According to law enforcement reports, Kim was the leader of the scumbags, who repeatedly shoved a knife into Jack Stotts and then took turns beating him with a baseball bat.

A gang unit prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney's Office charged Kim, a minor, as an adult and won 2009 convictions on gang and attempted murder charges. 

After noting that Kim was remorseless, Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes sentenced him to a lengthy prison trip that would make sure the defendant won't spend even one minute of his 20s and 30s living in freedom.

Off the thug went to be lost in some disgusting California hellhole where he could show his toughness each day with other equally brilliant and charming men.

But Kim re-emerged, at least on paper, to complain that it was unfair that Hayes had ordered him to pay $9,153 in victim restitution for the medical bills and lost wages to Stotts.

Get this: the hoodlum says the requirement is too tough because he's so poor and he needs his laundry room wages to buy hygiene products and snacks from the prison commissary. 


That's essentially what a California Court of Appeal in Santa Ana ruled about Kim's complaint this week.

In a five-page opinion written by Justice Richard Aronson on behalf of himself and justices William Rylaarsdam and Raymond Ikola, the appellate court backed Hayes' restitution order.

dave dae hong kim punk box2.jpg
Upshot: Kim, 20, will remain an unhappy, tough guy inside Kern Valley State Prison, where he'll reside while he serves his 28 years to life sentence.

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

with of course a taxpayer paid for lawyer to clog the court with another bogus appeals case


Sorry, no kimchi or Korean BBQ in state prison, just lots sphincter pain.

18usc241 topcommenter

Trying to apply reason to a sociopath is a frustrating and unproductive task.


In fairness, it sounds like he's in a for-profit prison. The management of that place should be toiling away alongside him for their political lobby's constant push to turn every man, woman and child into a criminal so that they can line their pockets.

Although the existence of equally disgusting scumbags doesn't excuse him. Maybe his gang buddies can drop some cash when they come visit him. They're probably fine, upstanding, productive members of society, right? Surely they have decently paying jobs from all of those lessons they learned jumping random people in high school.


I agree, this is totally unfair to hold you responsible for trying to take this mans life. If i were the judge, you would never see the outside of those prison walls, AND you would be paying him 100% of your measly earnings for the rest of your life. You worthless piece of gang banging scum - May you rot in hell.


Moxley - Is that opinion published?  I'd like to read it.

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault